Spring: A Time for New Beginnings
I asked the Gestalt Media authors to share what they've been working of for the last quarter and what their goals are for the next quarter.
What's He Been Up to Now? My Writing Focus,
Spring Quarter 2020
By David Voyles
Who knew this year everyone would be hoarding toilet paper and forced to stay home where we ended up binge-watching a documentary about a gay zookeeper who ran for President while also involved in a murder-for-hire plot? (It was fascinating, though, wasn't it? Who doesn't love a good train wreck?) Thanks to COVID-19, most people are ready to scream at 2020, "Pull over I'm walking the rest of the way!"
But to tell the truth, since I'm retired from teaching and now devote all my time to writing, my life hasn't changed all that much. I still live pretty much like a hermit in my writer's loft, writing and trying to figure out new, creative ways to reach out to my fans. Which—can you believe it--now number into the tens!
Since my only published work to date is the very seasonal The Thirteenth Day of Christmas and Other Tales of Yuletide Horror, I felt my next goal was to get some new material out as soon as possible. Jason Stokes had urged me to continue recording audio stories for the Dark Corners podcast, which I have done (new spooky stories every two weeks, folks, check 'em out), but I also felt the need to publish another book. I had a few scary stories that I wrote several years ago that were not Christmas-themed, so another collection of short stories seemed the natural way to go.
To end up with thirteen stories, I needed to rob some ideas from other projects. These story ideas came basically from two sources, the stories I wrote for our 2019 Halloween party, and from a list of ideas for an adult horror picture book that I'd like to publish someday called Page Turners. As you might guess, having an artist onboard for that second idea is a pretty integral part for that plan to fly, but the fella I'd like to work with on that project is busy with other work. I decided to work up half of those stories for the new collection to release this summer and am really happy with the result.
I am proud to announce that Tales from the Hearse, my second collection of thirteen original horror stories will be ready for purchase on July 1st of this year. As a matter of fact, you can pre-order the paperback version of it now at gestalt-media.com/product-page/tales-from-the-hearse-paperback, and the ebook version at amazon.com/dp/B085XN5KXW. Very soon you should be able to get the ebook version at the Gestalt Media website as well.
My plans for an additional ghost story book to come out in time for Halloween got put on hold thanks to the Corona virus, so now my attention may turn to finally starting the novel that's been buzzing in my head for at least fifteen years. I'll keep you posted as to how that goes, so stay tuned.
And by the way, you can follow my crazy antics, which include videos of the cutest bear cubs you've ever seen (our three-legged bear visitor whom we call Eileen had cubs this year), as well as offers for getting free horror stories from other authors, by downloading my free story "Captain Buchanan's Return" and signing up for my newsletter here: https://dl.bookfunnel.com/y83ic544jh
A Time of Renewal
By Dawn Hosmer
With all of the recent stress over the coronavirus, I've felt unproductive as far as writing is concerned. My creativity has dried up right now. But, as I'm thinking about what to write for this blog post, I realize I haven't been quite as lazy as I've felt.
Some of the writing-related things I've been working on this last quarter are:
I finished final edits on Somewhere In Between, which is now available for pre-order at www.gestalt-media.com/shop. Once edits were done, I worked with Gestalt Media to find the perfect cover designer for the project. I've also been working on marketing it.
I've arranged Advanced Readers for Somewhere in Between. I always get nervous during this phase of the process because Imposter Syndrome rears its ugly head and tries to convince me that everyone will hate my book. So, it's been nice to see some good reviews coming in and hear positive feedback about it.
I've started a YouTube channel with a fellow author, Kristine Raymond, called The Felonious Scribe. We answer viewer questions about writing books full of murder, mystery, and mayhem. It's been so much fun. We just aired our second episode and plan to post a new one every two weeks. Check us out at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOlDkBz63_3o7J0XSmqb2cQ
I also have finished final edits on a book of microfiction called Mosaic. It is now with Gestalt Media for formatting and cover design. I hope to be able to release it sometime this month. I thought that it would be an easy undertaking since I'd already written all of the pieces for Twitter's daily prompt games. Boy, was I wrong. It was a massive job and so much work, but I'm happy with how it turned out. I hope readers are too.
Part of the reason I put Mosaic together initally is to offer it electronically, for free, to newsletter subscribers. Once I realized how much I liked the book, I decided to offer it for sale as well. I still haven't come up with a newsletter sign up but that's on my list for this month.
Also, in preparation for the release of my third book, I've been participating in as many interviews, podcasts, and videos as possible.
I hope to return to writing the sequel to Bits & Pieces within the next week or two.
Hoping all of you are staying healthy and well during this chaotic time!
By Jason Stokes
Spring is here and it’s a time for new beginnings. The last few months have been enough to convince many that starting over might actually be a really good idea. At Gestalt Media, we’ve been working hard on getting things in order for a series of exciting releases in the third and fourth quarters of 2020. One of the most exciting projects we have going is the renovation of the old Milkhouse on the farm that will become a collective studio for Witty Kitty stained glass, Gestalt Studios (our sculpting and art-centered arm) and the official offices of Gestalt Media proper where all our publishing, podcasting and audiobook recording will take place. It’s a huge project and we couldn’t be more excited to get started.
As far as writing goes, I’ve been busy on the Ghost Story novella, which WILL finally release later this month or early May. Also working on the Ghost Story graphic novel script and Kickstarter campaign with David Benzal of Death, Love and Robots working on the interior art and some of the most talented artists in the world doing special edition covers. When there’s time I have 9 novels in various stages of planning/writing that will all hopefully reach at first draft status by the end of 2020. So, all in all, the usual. Stay busy.